Back in May, after all the preparations, the plans, the discussions, the designs and the build team 'Crescent Cobra' plugged in the compressed air canisters and got down to some serious racing at this year’s Jaguar Primary School Challenge.
The challenge requires teams to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible using standard chassis and engine housing nets with a car body made only from card. It is a technical brief but one that has proven to really engage potential future engineers.
As soon as they parked up at Princethorpe College, the team leapt into action setting up their pit display. Crescent’s team boards and table displays looked smart and professional. Bright colours and eye-catching graphics told the visual story of their journey so far.
After a welcome from Mr Scopes, Head of Design Technology at Princethorpe College, they were on to their first assessment, the Portfolio and Pit Stop Display, the team took time to carefully explain their displays to the judges. Then it was on to the Engineering judging where the team were examined on their car design and manufacturing process before the all-important Verbal presentation where the judges were looking at technique, composition and knowledge of subject matter.
During the day, the team also had to complete an Additional Challenge, a Design Technology Challenge to manufacture a carry case for their racing car. The focus of the exercise was once again to test the team’s ability to work together, delegate, design and manufacture.
Then finally, it was time to get down to the serious business of racing. This was, after all, what the whole challenge has been about. Team Crescent Cobras carefully set up their car for a head-to-head down the racetrack and prepared themselves quietly and calmly for the competition. The cardboard Formula One cars flew down the track recording lightning-quick times. In a matter of seconds, it was all over.
Standards had been incredibly high and after a day’s worth of demonstration, presentations and racing the judges got down to their deliberations and analysing the scores. When the results were announced, Crescent were delighted to find out that they had won the award for ‘Best Verbal Presentation’.
Mrs Byrne who helped guide the team was jubilant, “It was an amazing day. Our pupils worked so hard. This was the first time we have entered this competition and the children were brilliant. I am very proud of them all.”